AGEC student's internship in management

Written by Kendell Combs, Junior, Agribusiness Management & Agricultural Communication

Purdue and the College of Agriculture specifically offers many ways for students to add on a minor or two to their bachelor's degree. Kevin Hardin (Junior; Agribusiness Management; Lexington, IN) is doing just that by pursuing a minor in Animal Sciences in addition to his primary focus in Department of Agricultural Economics. He has chosen to pursue both due to the many key elements they possess and the crucial role they play in his future. Because of his two passions, Kevin was able to thrive during his summer management internship position with JBS in Louisville, KY.
JBS is the world leader in animal protein production and the largest processer of beef, pork, and lamb in the United States. It is an international company that spans across multiple countries, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, and more. 

Within his 10-week role at JBS, Kevin was assigned two major projects in two very important departments of the company. These included real-world experiences that revealed to him the impact that an individual can make in a management position throughout a short amount of time. 

His first project was with the Quality Assurance Department and it involved testing iodine values within the pork carcasses and relating how that level of iodine effects the fat quality. After collecting data, he formulated them into an excel sheet, so the values could easily be used when communicating with producers. 

His second project was with the Cooperate Hog Procurement Team and he completed a comparison of Chicago Mercantile Exchange contracts totaling about 3.5 million head of swine.  Kevin completed this data for three plants. The overall goal was for the team to use his formulated numbers to change and adjust the way they use CME contracts. This would lead to JBS purchasing hogs in the most efficient way. 

JBS provided him incomparable opportunities that has allowed him to prepare for a possible future career in management in the animal production industry. “Purdue’s education has led me to a career path I could not be more comfortable or happier with.”

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